Day of Orientation: Frequently Asked Questions

The Orientation Staff is always willing to help in whatever way we can. If you do have any questions about the Orientation program or any of the activities that will be taking place, feel free to call our office at 216.687.9379 or e-mail orientation@csuohio.edu. Listed below are frequently asked questions and the respective answers.

What happens during Orientation?
Orientation is a one-day comprehensive program designed for you to complete all of your pre-Cleveland State needs in just one day so that you are ready to become a successful college student. Orientation includes academic advising, course registration, Viking ID cards, tours and information about financial aid, safety, parking and student involvement. During Orientation, you will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, CSU Orientation Guide and a free CSU t-shirt. On the day of Orientation, you will be placed in a small group of other students with an outstanding upperclassman as your Orientation Leader for the day.

When should I register for an Orientation date?
As soon as possible! Registration opens in March for Summer/Fall semesters and October for Spring semester. Spaces available in our Orientation programs fill up quickly, so don't delay in registering for an Orientation program. The earlier you attend an Orientation program means the better selection of classes available. You can register for an Orientation program as soon as you have accepted your admission to Cleveland State University, paid your enrollment fee, and have taken your Math Placement test.

Do I have to attend Orientation?
Yes. Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming studnets at Cleveland State. All new students have a hold on their records preventing them from registering for classes before attending Orientation. The hold is removed at Orientation. If you are 26 years of age or older, or a military veteran, contact our office for additional options and services.

What if I already attended Orientation?
If you already attended New Student Orientation at Cleveland State but you were not able to attend classes the following semester, you will not have to repeat the Orientation if you attended within one calendar year. Call the Orientation staff at 216.687.9379 to verify the change so that you can register for classes.

Do I have to stay for the whole Orientation day?
Yes. It is required that you stay for the whole day. We cannot guarantee all of the services (i.e. advising, ID cards, course registration) if you are not in attendance for the full day.

Do I get to schedule my courses on the day of Orientation?
Yes. You will meet with an advisor on the day of Orientation to learn about general education requirements and to register for courses.

Can I bring a guest with me to Orientation?
Family members and guests are welcome to attend Family Orientation. Your enrollment fee covers the cost for up to 2 guests to attend Orientation. This covers the program materials and meals provided. Family Orientation is geared for family members of new students rather than friends. Family members will not be with their student for parts of the day (i.e. advising and registration).

Can a parent go to the advising appointment during Orientation?
No. Family members are not able to join their students during the advising times due to FERPA guidelines. (Click here for details.) Family members will be in Family Orientation during this time. Family members, however, will be meeting with Cleveland State staff to understand what their student is experiencing. Following Orientation, we encourage students to share their course schedules with their family members.

How do I know which placement tests to take?
CampusNet explains what tests students need to take based on the math and verbal scores from the ACT/SAT. To access your placement testing information, log on to CampusNet and use the Applicant tab at the top of the screen.

How much does it cost to attend Orientation and how do I pay this fee?
Incoming Freshmen Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming freshmen at Cleveland State. The cost of Orientation is covered by the enrollment fee, which also covers the cost attendance for up to two guests. Students can view and pay the enrollment fee from their "Applicant" tab in CampusNet.

How do I know if I am confirmed to attend Orientation?
All students will receive their confirmation information via e-mail and sent to their home address. This will include the date of the Orientation program, the number of family members signed up to attend, what to bring, and other important information regarding Orientation. It is important that you attend Orientation on the date scheduled and the number of family members scheduled attend as well. Students can also view their Orientation date on the "Applicant" tab of CampusNet.

What if I am unable to attend Orientation?
If you need to cancel or change the date of your Orientation program, you must contact us at least 3 days before the scheduled program. If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from attending Orientation, please contact our office to speak with a staff member.

Do I have to attend Incoming Freshmen Orientation if I am ...

Currently a student in the College Credit Plus Program?
Incoming College Credit Plus (CCP) students have a separate orientation for their college courses. For program information about CCP, please contact Sarah West, College Credit Plus Coordinator, 216.687.2279, s.manville@csuohio.edu.

A transfer student?
Transfer Orientation is highly recommended. Transfer Orientation programs are designed specifically for incoming transfer students. Transfer Orientation is a convenient half-day program that includes course registration, ID cards, a campus tour and CSU information. You may also chose the online transfer orientation program in CampusNet.

A graduate student?
No. If you have questions about the College of Graduate Studies, call their office at 216.687.9370 or visit the Graduate College website.

An international student?
The Center for International Services and Programs requires all new international students to attend an International Student Orientation. For more information, visit the Center for International Services and Programs website or call at 216.687.3910.